The Gathering 2018 Business Summit

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The Gathering 2018 Business Summit is the largest event hosted by the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma each year.  The conference will offer sessions that highlight successful business plans of Native-owned  businesses, how to seek government contracts, obtaining financial assistance for your businesses and business matchmaking sessions. Visit with the directors of preferred Indian-owned programs and TERO from a number of tribes across Oklahoma who champion for Indian-owned businesses.

There are excellent networking opportunities, the AICCO Annual Awards luncheon and also the Leadership Native Oklahoma graduation ceremony.

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2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Gary “Litefoot” Davis is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He is the Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA), Publisher of Native Business™ Magazine, CEO of Davis Strategy Group and a member of the Forbes Finance Council.

Before being appointed as Executive Director of NAFSA, Mr. Davis served as President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and was a member of the NCAIED’s Board of Directors. He has served as Vice-President of Native Affairs for the Triple Five Group, owners of the world’s largest retail shopping malls; the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall and he previously served as co-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association’s, American Indian Business Network.

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MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES

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Kendra Wilson-Clements is the President of We The People Consulting, LLC, a native-owned management consulting firm that specializes in developing vision, building strategy, execution planning, operational excellence, leadership & workforce development, executive coaching, and strategic human resources. As a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Kendra has a passion for providing C-level solutions for Indian tribes and tribal enterprises, as well as entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits and government sectors. Kendra has expertise in turnarounds and working with businesses and business leaders who are positioned for growth and change.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Kisha L. Allen, a Dallas, TX native, is a transparent passionate energetic woman of excellence with a huge smile that lights up the room.  She is a corporate trainer by trade and a teacher by gifting.  She challenges people to rise up and take ownership of the power that lies within them, so that they can “move beyond motivation into manifestation”.

Kisha is also an author that creates programs to help individuals transform their lives and disrupt patterns and/or habits that may be limiting them from being successful, finding peace or leading a more fulfilled like.  She works diligently to help others live with greater productivity and discipline so they can reach their highest potential.

Kisha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Texas A&M – Commerce, a Graduate Marketing Certification from Southern Methodist University and is a certified DDI and Achieve Global trainer/facilitator.

AWARDS LUNCHEON

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Ken Talley serves as “Small and Minority Business Coordinator” for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.  As such, he provides initial counseling, plus referral information regarding existing state programs and resources to assist small and minority businesses.  Previously, he headed the first contract program in Oklahoma with the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Subsequently, he served as an “Economic Development Field Representative” on the staff of an Oklahoma Congressman.  Following, he worked as a “Business Loan Specialist” in the state office of the Rural Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Ken has both an undergraduate degree and a Master’s in Business Administration.

ENGAGING SPEAKERS

Gain new information and ideas from experienced business owners and leading professionals in their industries. Take the opportunity to attend beneficial sessions concerning Indian-owned business certifications and benefits at Tribal and Federal levels.

BUSINESS MATCHMAKING SESSIONS

Meet with representatives of preferred Indian-owned programs and TERO representatives.

TRADE SHOW

Take advantage of thriving businesses and entrepreneurs who offer value-added opportunities to increase your clientele base and vendor lists.

EVENING NETWORKING RECEPTION

Experience one-on-one time to visit with Tribal Directors and other Native-owned businesses.

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Trade Show Times
  • Sunday, October 7-  noon – 7:00 pm   Vendors moving in/ribbon cutting @4:30 pm
  • Monday, October 8- 9:00 – 5:00 pm   Trade Show
  • Tuesday, October 9- 9:00 – 3:00 pm   Trade Show

Choctaw Casino and Resort – Durant

The Place to Work Play & Stay:  To book your stay for this great event, call 800-788-2464.  Mention code 1810GATHER for $91 room rate.  The deadline is September 22, 2018.

Casino

  • Over 4,300 Slots
  • 50 Table Games
  • 30 Table Poker Room
  • Racebook

The District

  • Laser Tag
  • Bowling
  • Arcade
  • Cinema

The Oasis Pool

  • Waterslide
  • Hot Tubs
  • Swim-up Bars
  • Private Cabanas

Dining

  • 12 Restaurants
  • 5 Lounges

Complementary Amenities:  Valet Parking, Covered Self-Parking, High-Speed Wi-Fi,Bell Service

Sponsorships

The Gathering Business Summit attracts Native-owned businesses, tribal leaders, business development experts, community based organizations, policy makers and financial institutions.

For Sponsorships Contact: Annetta Abbott

annetta@aiccok.org – chamber@aiccok.org  / 405-208-9253 – 918-457-8186

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

Pay for Sponsorships Online

Gold $5000

Sponsor Receives

  • Full page ad in program
  • Prominent Signage on Video Screens
  • Booth Space (if requested)
  • Logo on website / social media
  • Two Full Conference Registrations
  • Opportunity to include items in conference attendee bags

Silver $3000

Sponsor Receives

  • Half page ad in program
  • Signage
  • Booth Space (if requested)
  • Logo on website
  • Two Full Conference Registrations

Tuesday Luncheon Awards Banquet Sponsor $2,500

Sponsor Receives

  • One table of eight to awards banquet
  • Logo on table tents during luncheon
  • Sponsor Mentions
  • Half page ad in program
  • Booth Space (if requested)
  • Logo on video screens during Awards Banquet luncheon
  • Two full conference registrations

Monday Keynote Luncheon Sponsor $1,500

Sponsor Receives

  • Logo on table tents
  • Sponsor Mentions
  • Booth Space (if requested)
  • Logo on video screens during luncheon
  • Half page ad in program
  • Two full conference registrations
  • Sponsor may do Welcome prior to start of Luncheon

Business After Hours Networking Reception Sponsor $1,000

Sponsor Receives

  • Logo on table tents during reception
  • Sponsor Mentions
  • Half page ad in program
  • Two full conference registrations
  • Booth Space (if requested)

Breakfast Sponsor $500

Sponsor Receives

  • Logo on table tents during breakfast
  • Sponsor Mentions
  • Company Representative may do Welcome prior to Opening Session

Tuesday Awards Luncheon Table Sponsor $400

Reserved Table of eight seats.  Listing in Awards Luncheon program.

Awards Banquet Ticket $50*

*if not attending the Gathering with a full registration, a ticket must be purchased to attend the Awards Luncheon and Leadership Native Oklahoma ceremony.

Gary Davis photoGary “Litefoot” Davis

Gary “Litefoot” Davis is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He is the Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA), Publisher of Native Business™ Magazine, CEO of Davis Strategy Group and a member of the Forbes Finance Council.

Kendra Wilson-Clements photoKendra Wilson-Clements, THRP, SPHR

Kendra Wilson-Clements is the President of We The People Consulting, LLC, a native-owned management consulting firm that specializes in developing vision, building strategy, execution planning, operational excellence, leadership & workforce development, executive coaching, and strategic human resources.

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EVENT LOCATION

Choctaw Casino and Resort

4216 U.S. 75 Durant, OK 74701

Sun-Tue, Oct 7-9, 2018

Non-Member Full Conference Registration $175/ Member Price $150

Includes Admission to two networking receptions, two breakfasts, two luncheons (including the Annual Awards Luncheon and Leadership Native Oklahoma graduation ceremony), all breakouts, general sessions and trade show.

Exhibitor Booth Space $400

Includes 10 x 10 booth space with pipe & drape and Two Full Conference Registrations

Artisan Booth Space $200

Includes Table Booth Space and One Full Conference Registration

For More Information Contact:

Annetta Abbott

annetta@aiccok.org – chamber@aiccok.org

405-208-9253 – 918-457-8186

Buy Ticket/Booth Space Here

THANK YOU SPONSORS

Gold Sponsors

Red Sly Total Solutions logo
Choctaw Casino Durant logo
akana logo

Awards Luncheon Sponsor

Manhattan logo

Luncheon Sponsors

Arrowhead logo
Gathering Sponsor
Osage Nation Logo

Reception Sponsors

Tips logo
spirit electric logo

Breakfast Sponsors

Dobson Technologies logo
Minko Design logo
Auteur logo
Crackshot logo
Cross First Bank logo
Native Business logo
CPCDC logo